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Jul. 9, 2018

Assistant Professor Matthew Turk will present the Whole Tale research project at the 17th annual Scientific Computing with Python conference (SciPy 2018), which will be held July 9-15 in Austin, Texas. The conference brings together participants from industry, academia, and government for tutorials, talks, and developer sprints.

Turk will give the talk, "Sneaking Data into Containers with the Whole Tale," with Kacper Kowalik, a research scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). The goal of the Whole Tale research project is to enable researchers to examine, transform, and then seamlessly republish research data, creating "living articles" that will lead to new discovery by allowing researchers to construct representations and syntheses of data. 

"In this talk, we'll describe how the project leverages existing...

Jul. 6, 2018
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Professor and Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) Director Bertram Ludäscher will be the keynote speaker for the 7th International Provenance and Annotation Workshop (IPAW) during ProvenanceWeek 2018, which will be held July 9-13 at King's College in London. While provenance information has long been recognized as crucial metadata in the information sciences, provenance research has become increasingly important in computer science as well.

During ProvenanceWeek, researchers from computer science and related disciplines will participate in the two main events, i.e., the biennial IPAW and the annual TaPP (Theory and Practice of Provenance) workshop, and in affiliated events that focus on novel directions for provenance.

In his opening keynote at IPAW, "From Workflows to Provenance and Reproducibility: Looking...

Jul. 3, 2018

Doctoral student Shubhanshu Mishra will present his research at the 29th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media, which will be held July 9-12 in Baltimore, Maryland. The conference will focus on the role of links, linking, hypertext, and hyperlink theory on the web and beyond.

Mishra will give the talk, "Detecting the correlation between sentiment and user-level as well as text-level meta-data from benchmark corpora," which he coauthored with Assistant Professor Jana Diesner. Their study examined whether users with similar Twitter characteristics have similar sentiments and what meta-data features of tweets and users correlate with tweet sentiment. 

From the abstract: We address these two questions by analyzing six popular benchmark datasets where tweets are annotated with sentiment labels. We consider user-level as well as tweet-...

Jul. 3, 2018

Assistant Professor Jodi Schneider will discuss her medical informatics research at the 9th Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation, which will be held July 3-6 at the University of Amsterdam. The conference brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines who are working in the field of argumentation theory. 

Schneider will give two talks during a session focusing on argumentation in health. She will present "Innovations in Reasoning About Health: The Case of the Randomized Controlled Trial," which was coauthored by Sally Jackson, a professor of communication at Illinois. The researchers' recent work introduces the concept of a "warranting device" to analyze innovations in drawing conclusions.

"One example of a warranting device is the Randomized Controlled Trial, or RCT," said Schneider. "Now it's considered the 'gold standard' for reasoning about...

Jul. 2, 2018

iSchool faculty, staff, and students will participate in the Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School, which will take place from July 2-6 at the University of Oxford. The annual summer school offers training in the digital humanities through hands-on workshops and lectures.

Professor and Associate Dean for Research J. Stephen Downie will be a guest lecturer for the workshop, "Digital Musicology," which will introduce participants to computational and informatics methods that can be, and have been, successfully applied to musicology. He also will take part in a roundtable discussion on applying digital musicology in research. Downie will lecture on linked data and digital libraries at another workshop, "Linked Data for Digital Humanities."

Lecturer Elizabeth Wickes and Postdoctoral Research Associate Katrina Fenlon will be leading the workshop, "Hands-On Humanities Data Curation," which will provide an...

Jun. 27, 2018

Assistant Professor Elizabeth Hoiem will present her research on nineteenth-century children's nonfiction at the Children's Literature Association conference (ChLA 2018), which will be held on June 28-30 in San Antonio, Texas. The theme of the conference, "Refreshing Waters/Turbulent Waters" explores how water is central to children's and young adult literature as a motif and metaphor. 

In her talk, "A Child-Centered Universe: Growth and Development in Nineteenth-Century Children's Nonfiction," she will discuss how children's nonfiction organized knowledge spatially and cognitively in relation to its young readers, making it child-centered. According to Hoiem, books from the nineteenth century established the formula of outward exploration, inward reflection.

"By depicting which children learn, create, and teach new knowledge, children's nonfiction became a site for negotiating information and power. Over the century, the power to move outward became increasingly...

Jun. 26, 2018

Megan Senseney, research scientist for the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS), and Daniel G. Tracy, information sciences and digital humanities librarian at the iSchool and assistant professor at the University Library, will present their research at Digital Humanities 2018, which will be held on June 26-29 in Mexico City. The theme for this year's conference is "Puentes/Bridges," which reflects the crossing of cultural, technological, political, and ideological borders towards the creation of an transnational and inclusive digital humanities community.

Senseney will present "Audiences, Evidence, and Living Documents: Motivating Factors in Digital Humanities Monograph Publishing," which includes iSchool coauthors Postdoctoral Research Associate Katrina Fenlon and...

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